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Earth's CO2 levels have permanently crossed the 400ppm threshold

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:42:00 -0400

(image) Despite the fact that September is typically the lowest month for atmospheric carbon dioxide, the CO2 levels in Earth's atmosphere crossed the symbolic 400 parts per million threshold this month. According to climate scientists, it is extremely unlik...



The first presidential debate broke multiple internet records

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:51:00 -0400

(image) It won't shock you to hear that the first US presidential debate shattered TV viewing records -- Nielsen says the broadcast was the most-watched debate ever with an average of 84 million viewers. However, it also pushed boundaries of the internet, to...



Pixel 2 joins the few Chromebooks that can run Android apps

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:13:00 -0400

(image) Prior to a few days ago, anyone wanting to run Android apps on their Chromebook had to be an early adopter. Google finally released a stable build of Chrome OS that included a Play store in beta that would allow users to run mobile apps...but only on...



Xbox One gets Fox Sports Go's streaming app

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:44:00 -0400

(image) Fox Sports Go is basically on every major streaming platform already, including Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Fire TV. And now you can add a gaming console to that list, with the app now available on the Xbox One. To give you a refresher, Fox Sports...



This sci-fi film was shot entirely by autonomous drones

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:10:00 -0400

(image) Directed by speculative architect Liam Young, In the Robot Skies claims to be the first narrative fiction film shot entirely by autonomous, pre-programmed drones. But the lack of human camera operators is more than just a headline grabbing gimmick. T...



eSports powerhouse Team Liquid picked up by new investor group

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:41:00 -0400

(image) While 2016 has been a great year for eSports exposure — several championships have gotten screen time on ESPN networks — it's also been a great year for money. Not only is it estimated to grow to a $500 million industry this annum, but tr...



FBI investigating potential hack of Democrat officials' cells

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:20:00 -0400

(image) Reuters reports that the FBI is actively investigating whether several high ranking Democrat officials' cellphones have been hacked. The Bureau believes that this attack, should it be confirmed, could be tied to the earlier DNC hacks and that of form...



Body scanners are coming to your gym

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:01:00 -0400

(image) Sure, you may feel like you're in better shape after a trip to the gym, but how do you quantify it besides stepping on a scale or breaking out calipers? Australian outfit mPort thinks it can do better. It's rolling out 3D body scanners at LA Fitnes...



Amazon resurrects 'The Tick,' greenlights two more shows

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:34:00 -0400

(image) It's the time of year when Amazon's video division announces what new shows will make the cut and get a full series order. Today, we learned with great joy that The Tick is among Amazon's new shows, alongside I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson....



Elon Musk's grand plan to colonize Mars

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:07:00 -0400

(image) Elon Musk is the man with a vision for a human mission to Mars, and on Tuesday he shared his plans at the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico, with a talk titled "Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species." On-stage, Musk said that there ar...



Google's Chinese-to-English translations might now suck less

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:54:00 -0400

(image) Mandarin Chinese is a notoriously difficult language to translate to English, and for those who rely on Google Translate to decipher important information, machine-based tools simply aren't good enough. All that is about to change, as Google today an...



Scientists watch an immune system fight the flu in real time

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:23:00 -0400

(image) To date, biologists have typically had to study the progress of a virus through indirect means, such as studying the antibodies -- actually tracking the viruses themselves has been difficult. However, researchers say they've found a way to follow th...



Facebook's Slack competitor may be coming next month

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:57:00 -0400

(image) With nearly two years of development and 450 companies already on board, Facebook at Work is gearing up for a commercial launch of its in-house social network and communications platform for companies. According to a report from The Information, the...



Twitter helps you register to vote through direct messages

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:29:00 -0400

(image) Twitter is joining the ranks of internet outlets helping you exercise your right to vote. It's allying with Rock the Vote to launch a feature that helps you register in the US through a simple chat assistant. All you do is send a direct message to Tw...



This is how SpaceX plans to send people to Mars

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:11:00 -0400

(image) SpaceX plans to send humans to Mars with on a ship called the Interplanetary Transport System, and in a video published today, the company revealed how the ITS will actually perform. The ITS is capable of carrying up to 100 tons of cargo (that's supp...



MLB's At Bat app now plays highlight videos on your lock screen

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:59:00 -0400

(image) With iOS 10, Apple has expanded its devices' 3D touch applications from gimmicky afterthoughts to quick feature accessibility. It's also opened up what kind of interactions are possible from the lock screen. Some savvy developers have already combine...



BMW partners with a Formula E racing team

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:45:00 -0400

(image) BMW has already dabbled in Formula E between an i3 medical car and an i8 safety car, but it's ready to commit to the electric racing league in a much bigger way. The German brand has unveiled plans to "cooperate closely" with the Andretti Formula E t...



Infant is world's first to have three biological parents

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:27:00 -0400

(image) It sounds like the setup of a wacky science fiction comedy, but this is actually real life. A five-month old baby boy was just revealed to be the first kid in the world with three biological parents, according to New Scientist. The infant was created...



Galaxy Note 7 finally goes on sale in Europe on October 28th

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:09:00 -0400

(image) Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was originally set to go on sale in Europe on September 2nd, but on that very day the launch was pulled and a global recall issued on account of their tendency to explode without warning. This made the regional recall process...



Amazon partners are reportedly exploring in-home deliveries

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:55:00 -0400

(image) With Amazon steadily speeding up its shipping options -- there's free same-day shipping in plenty of cities for Prime customers, for example -- it was only a matter of time until it started looking into other ways to complete orders. According to The...



Nissan's autonomous chairs politely carry you through queues

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:47:00 -0400

(image) Back in February, Nissan took a break from rolling out electric vehicle chargers to develop intelligent office chairs that pushed themselves in. It wasn't a new product, but a proof-of-concept stunt to demonstrate their assistive parking technology....



Steam is turning into the App Store and that's OK

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0400

(image) Steam changed the video game industry in the same way Netflix changed television. Digital distribution was a natural evolution for gaming in the early 2010s, allowing PC players to skip the midnight-release lines at Gamestop and purchase new titles w...



DJI's Mavic Pro takes on GoPro's Karma with smart features

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:50:00 -0400

(image) Between Oakland and San Francisco in the center of the Bay Bridge lies the 400-acre man-made Treasure Island. It's here that DJI let Engadget fly its compact Mavic Pro drone. It's DJI's first fold-up flying machine -- arriving barely a week after GoP...



Music labels sue YouTube ripping site over piracy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:23:00 -0400

(image) With the downfall of the Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents, users are turning to another way to get illegal songs: ripping YouTube streams. Record labels have taken note of the problem and sued the largest site, YouTube-mp3.org for $150,000 per violati...



Kano returns with camera, speaker and light board coding kits

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0400

(image) Three brightly colored boxes sit in the middle of the table. Alex Klein, co-founder and CEO of Kano, takes the yellow one and pops open the lid, revealing an array of small plastic parts inside. They sit neatly in the foam, begging to be plucked out...